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Anticipated Animal-And-Nature-Focused Trips for the 16-17 Academic Year

During each year, the ABEC department sponsors nature-focused trips for students. Some of these experiences are associated with academic credit; others are conducted solely as informal learning opportunities.

Here is an outline of the educational trips that we are anticipating for 2016-17. You can use this information as you think about your own schedule and budget. However do keep in mind that the details presented here remain subject to change as plans develop.

We hope that all ABEC students will be able to participate in one or more of these wonderful learning opportunities.


Destination:  Rocky Mountain National Park (Colorado)
Dates:  7-11 October 2016
Activities/Goals:  Study of elk social behavior in the rocky mountain ecosystem.  
Sponsor/Mentor: ABEC-BIO-ENVSC/Noonan
Participation: Undergraduate students enrolled in BIO316 – Social Organization of Mammals.
Cost Per Person: $450
Deadline to apply/deposit:  5 Sep 2016


Destination:  New York City Zoos and Museum of Natural History
Dates:  7-11 October 2016
Activities:  Tour of zoos to study principles of zoo design.  Associated with one-credit course to be completed during the Fall 16 semester.  
Sponsor/Mentor:  ABEC/Margulis
Participants:  Students enrolled in ABEC351.  
Cost to student:  $300 (estimated)
Deadline to apply/deposit:  30 August 2016


Destination:  Haleakala National Park (Hawaii)
Dates:  16-23 December 2016
Activities/Goals:  1. High altitude desert in dormant volcano.  2. Windward rainforest. 3. Inshore coral reefs. 4. Inter-island humpback whale breeding grounds. Rainforests, waterfalls, dolphins, whales, sea turtles, incredible fish, coral reefs.  
Sponsor/Mentor: CAC/Noonan
Participation:  Limited to six students. Participation competitively determined. Applications welcome from all students.
Cost Per Person: $1950
Deadline to apply/deposit:  31 August 2016
For more information:  www.canisius.edu/~noonan/cac/cac_hawaii.htm


Destination:  Falkland Islands, So Georgia Island, and the Antarctic Peninsula
Dates:  27 December 2016 to 18 January 2017
Activities/Goals:  Visit to the most clean, most remote, and most wild part of the planet.  Whales, seals, penguins, sea birds, and ice sheets.
Sponsor/Mentor: CAC/Noonan
Participation:  Participants limited to four students. Seats competitively awarded. 
Cost Per Person:  $7,500
Deadline to apply/deposit:  August 18, 2016


Destination:  Yellowstone National Park (Wyoming)
Dates:  17-21 February 2017
Activities/Goals:  Exploration of the mountain-prairie ecosystem in the Yellowstone volcanic caldera.  Particular focus will be upon the population of wolves that have recently been re-introduced to that area.  Observations of winter wildlife (bison, elk, bighorn sheep, wolves).
Sponsor/Mentor: CZS/Noonan
Participation:  CZS and ABEC students
Cost Per Person: $1450 (estimated)
Deadline to apply/deposit:  15 Nov 2016


Destination:  possible trip, undetermined
Dates:  11-19 March 2017
Activities/Goals:  tbd
Sponsor/Mentor: CZS/Noonan
Participation:  CZS and ABEC students
Cost Per Person: tbd
Deadline to apply/deposit:  tbd


Destination:  Ecuador (Tropical Ecology and Animal Behavior)
When:  March 10-19 2017 (plus required course in the spring)
Activities/goals: Comparing cloud forest and rainforest ecosystems, observing animal behavior, mini research projects
Sponsor/Mentor: ABEC/Cornelisse
Participation:  Participation is limited to eight students.  Seats competitively awarded.
Cost Per Person: $2500 (estimated)
Deadline to apply/deposit:  approx. November 2016


Destination:  Pacific Rim National Park (British Columbia)
Dates:  13-21 May 2017
Activities/Goals:  Northwest Temperate Rainforests Ecology.  Marine Mammals (Orcas, Humpbacks, Grays).  Amazing bird life.
Sponsor/Mentor: CZS/Noonan
Participation:  CZS and ABEC students
Cost Per Person: $1600 (estimated)
Deadline to apply/deposit:  10 Feb 2017


Destination:  Lajuma Research Centre and Kruger Nat’l Park (South Africa)
When:  21 May to 11 June 2017 (plus required course in the fall)
What: Field study of monkeys, and other highland wildlife endemic to the hill regions of South Africa.  Kruger National Park for observations of additional wildlife species endemic to scrubland habitat.  Part of three-credit course to be completed during Fall 17 semester.
Sponsor/Mentor: ABEC/Margulis
Participation:  Participation is limited to eight students.  Seats competitively awarded.  
Cost Per Person: $3,500 (estimated)
Deadline to apply/deposit:  approx. November 2016


Destination:  Costa Rica
When:  August 2017 (~2 weeks + required course in Fall 2017)
What:  Conservation, Environmental Education, and Ecotourism in Costa Rica 
Sponsor/Mentor: ABEC/Russell
Participation:  8-10 students. Seats competitively awarded
Cost Per Person: $TBD
Deadline to apply/deposit:  approx. November 2016